Grateful Dead Live at Veterans Auditorium on 1969-06-27
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- Live concert
- Grateful Dead
- DeadLists Project
1. Known low generation lineage and transfer info.
2. Splice in Baby Blue about 4 minutes in, then clipped at the end.
3. Garcia on Pedal Steel for Slewfoot, Dire Wolf, and Green Grass.
Peter Grant on Banjo for Slewfoot. Weir on vocals for Dire Wolf.
- 2004-04-23 15:37:21
- SBD > Master Reel > Cassette > DAT > DAT > ZA2 > Soundforge > .wav > mkwACT > SHN
- Santa Rosa, CA
- Soundboard (no DAE)
- Transferred by
- Joe Samaritano
- Veterans Auditorium
Subject: happy birthday to me
Subject: Ole Slew Foot
Ole Slew Foot is the Howard Crockett bluegrass standard and was played nine times, right after Jer bought his pedal steel (the apparent impetus for the string of country-tinged sit-down sets). It was popularized by Johnny Horton but Jer probably knew the Bill Monroe version. Mama Tried is only the 4th one and High Time the 3rd one. These are all still embryonic and even Dupree's is a bit shaky. Familiar ground helps Me & My Uncle. Casey Jones is also the 3rd one and has the mid-69 intro that was dropped/rewritten by September, and which is quite long here. Dire Wolf, however, kicks butt (that it's officially released hints there's a clean show in the vault). At the time it started with Jer on Pedal and Bobby singing! The Dark Star is one of 1969's standouts (no easy delineation). At 17min Phil tries Lovelight and when nobody bites it goes another 9min. With several cool sections, it's up there with 2/11, 4/27 & 2/27. The rest is average '69 with the 5th Green Green Grass (Porter Wagoner's then-recent song). It's All Over Now Baby Blue has a cut. This is the Dead trying something different but not having it completely down yet.
Grade : C
Overall = 2½ Stars
Dire Wolf - A short, unique take right before it morphed again
Dark Star - A whole made better by its movements
SOURCES: The samaritano_20547 has the best balance and clarity, and the least hiss. Dire Wolf is a bonus on Workingman's.
So, for some time since the previous year, it seems the SBDs have been getting brighter and hissier. Was this the direction the sound system was going, trying to get rid of impedance and so on...?
Because if so, I really like their early '68 sound system a lot better. I find that if I slant the EQ down from 32 hz to 16K (about +3 to -3 respectively), it goes from a three to a five-star show. The Dark Star in particular is crazily experimental.
Subject: different drummer
Subject: yeah this is what it's all about
Subject: Dire Wolf
Subject: First Dead Concert Attended
Five friends and I - all guys - went and were blown away. There were maybe 200 - 300 people at the concert, in the big, old cavernous vets auditorium. I don't remember much about the music - more the experience. My friends and I sat down about 20' from the stage and smoked hash all night, periodically getting up to dance, gazing with maniacal gleams into each other's eyes - WE'RE AT A DEAD CONCERT!!!
I remember the light show and the darkness of the auditorium, the women dancing - so far away for this 17 year old - and the headiness of knowing I'd finally arrived...
Subject: dire on fire
Subject: Primal dead era officially over
Subject: Brilliant '69 Dead in a Nutshell
For sure, the show reveals the best of both the emerging country Dead and the established psychedelic Dead. And this is great country rock, played lovingly as country rock was emerging in the ashes of Psychedelia in '69. The Dead were at the country-rock forefront with the Byrds, Burritos and others. Yet this is also grand psychedelic musical fare. While there is certainly no "ordinary" "Dark Star" in the canon of the live Dead, this one is familiar '69 "Dark Star" stuff but hardly "ordinary"; the fast pulsating jam of the song's second half, which mutates at times into "The Other One" and hints at other familiar melodies and rhythms, is outstanding and makes this "Dark Star" a standout. An energetic Stephen/William Tell and a nuanced but abbreviated Eleven follow.
Others have mentioned the groovy vibe that gives this show a special feel; Jerry's steel guitar is a treat; and the "Baby Blue" encore is elegiac, soulful and gorgeous(listen for the gospelly organ sound there -- Is this TC, not sure?). But it's the dual country/psychadelic communal brain of this show that makes it a must for downloading.
Subject: Old school CJ!!!!
As stated already the Dire Wolf is also a must have for the Jerry steel pedal and Bobby vocals.
This is one of those "just when you think you've heard it all" shows...One star off only for some minor sound problems/anomalies but well worth the DL.
Subject: Mixed review
Subject: great dark star
Now that dark star!! bout what you'd expect from a 69 dark star, up till a bit after the first verse, when phil goes into lovelight. jerry and bobby catch on for a bit, so do mickey and bill, and tho the guitars and bass leave, the drums stay on that fierce beat. that rockin beat shows up again in st steven, making it the coolest, strangest and probably best st steven i've heard from that era. (if you dont understand what i mean by beat listen to the show or think of puttin the alligator drum part into these songs)
Back to the country stuff. in "green green grass of home" the drums hook on to the FEEL and it sounds like the boys have been playin that stuff together for years. same goes for baby blue (truly beautifully played) great show, despite the shakey start
Subject: A tasty Dark Star
Subject: a bit of it all!
Subject: Wow, what a knockout of new, old and strange
The country influence coming into is felt strong this date.. a rare Slewfoot (with Garcia on petal speed), a few then 'new' songs of Mama Tried, High Time, Dupree and Uncle, followed by an early Uncle John's that has a very nice laid back tropical feel to it. Next up it's Dire Wolf, with Bobby doing the vocals, Jerry back on petal steel! Then going waaaaaay back on the psychedelic side for a Dark Star > St. Stephen > The Eleven. What a great Dark Star it is too! ..then suddenly, The Eleven ends and it's wha?? Green Green Grass Of Home?? Woah, wild, WEIRd!! Baby Blue encore sounds like a very one from what's there (cut in the middle and before the end) In many ways, Baby Blue could be a clue to the crowd that "not only are we still your psychedelic favorates, but now we want you to dig our country twang too!"
Subject: Country Dead....One of my favorite shows.
Subject: From laid back to tripped out